GALAXY ROUT FIRE IN OPENER: Mike Magee scored three times as the Los Angeles Galaxy began the post-David Beckham era with a season-opening 4-0 victory over the Fire.
The two-time defending MLS champions got one goal from Magee in the first half and two more in the second half. Magee volleyed home a deflected cross in the 38th minute, scored from Robbie Keane's feed in the 68th, and knocked in a rebound in the 74th.
It was the Chicago-born Magee's first career hat trick and second multigoal game in 11 MLS seasons.
The Galaxy, transitioning to a new style of attack after Beckham's departure to French club Paris Saint-Germain, dictated most of the action in a game played largely between the 18-yard boxes.
THOMPSON WINS HONDA FOR 1ST TOUR TITLE: Michael Thompson won his first PGA Tour event Sunday at the Honda Classic to earn another trip to the Masters.
Thompson seized control with a 50-foot eagle putt on the third hole. He stayed in control with superb par saves early on the back nine at PGA National. He made birdie from the bunker on the last hole for a 1-under 69, giving him a two-shot victory over Geoff Ogilvy.
The win earns the 27-year-old Thompson a spot in the Masters. He last played at Augusta National in 2008 as the U.S. Amateur runner-up.
SSC ADVANCES TO IV-A FINALS: Behind 29 points from Michael Harris, South Suburban College beat Black Hawk 70-49 Sunday to advance to Saturday's Region IV-A finals against Kishwaukee College.
Harris hit 10 field goals and was 8-of-12 from the free-throw line. Michael Lee chipped in 20 points and Kadeem Thornton had 10 for the Bulldogs (29-3).
SSC was out-rebounded 44-34, including double-doubles from Black Hawk's top scorers.
NO. 25 PURDUE TOPS ILLINI: Courtney Moses scored 21 points, leading four Purdue players in double figures, and the 25th-ranked Boilermakers defeated Illinois 76-65 on Sunday.
Drey Mingo scored 18 and Sam Ostarello and KK Houser had 12 points apiece. Ostarello had nine rebounds while Houser contributed seven rebounds and eight assists for Purdue (21-8, 10-6 Big Ten). It was the regular-season finale for both teams; the Big Ten tournament begins Thursday in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
The Boilermakers took control with a 13-0 run midway through the second half that gave them a 60-50 lead.
Karisma Penn had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the Illini (16-12, 9-7). Adrienne GodBold scored 18 points and Ivory Crawford scored 11.
CRUSADERS TOP HOST AT BUCCANEER CLASSIC: The Valparaiso softball team closed out action at the Buccaneer Classic in Charleston, S.C. overcoming a three-run deficit to defeat host Charleston Southern, 6-5, in the tournament finale.
"We showed good fight today, coming back from a rough first inning," Crusaders coach Jordan Stevens said. "Taylor (Weissenhofer) was very good in limiting Charleston Southern's opportunities, giving us a chance to come back. We were able to take advantage of what they gave us and it was a good way to end the tournament."
The Crusaders made a pitching change in the circle after the first inning, bringing in freshman Weissenhofer, and the rookie gave Valpo a chance for the comeback with a stellar performance. Weissenhofer closed the game with six no-hit innings, striking out four batters.
Valpo scored four runs in the sixth inning to claim the lead, opening with a walk and finishing with an error-filled "Little League home run."
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The Detroit Tigers say reliever Brayan Villarreal is not expected to leave spring training after his family escaped unharmed from a kidnapping attempt in Venezuela on Friday night. Villarreal has remained with the team. Manager Jim Leyland did not want to comment further about the matter, saying Sunday: "The less said, the better." ... Dogs aching to run bolted out of the chute Sunday to launch the 41st running of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Now 65 teams will be making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast 1,000 miles away. The Iditarod kicked off Saturday with an 11-mile jaunt through Anchorage, 50 miles south of the real starting line in the town of Willow. Sunday's event marked the competitive portion of the race.